Capacity Building and Training in Commercial Aquaculture for Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and American Samoa
In Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and American Samoa most seed-stock are imported, primarily from Asian countries or Hawaii. Local hatchery production would reduce the risk of disease introduction. The project included a tour of commercial aquaculture operations in Thailand, which has comparable environmental conditions and produces species important to the U.S. affiliated Pacific islands including; marine shrimp, freshwater prawns, tilapia and catfish. Information and video footage gathered on the tour will be used to develop videos and workshop materials that will be used to conduct workshops for agricultural professionals and producers on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
1) Conduct an inland aquaculture study tour with the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand, with lectures and visits to commercial aquaculture farms, research and hatchery facilities in Thailand
2) Provide training for extension, faculty, staff, and field personnel of Cooperative Extension, NRCS, FSA, and other USDA offices, farmers, and other agriculture/aquaculture professionals in Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) in commercial aquaculture grow-out and hatchery production techniques used in Asia suitable for our islands.
3) Produce training materials on aquaculture production methods appropriate for our islands
4) Produce videotapes and web based information on hatchery and small scale commercial aquaculture technologies utilizing materials gathered in Thailand.
5) Conduct workshops in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and American Samoa to disseminate information to government agencies and other farmers.
In the first year conducted an inland aquaculture study tour with the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. This 10-day tour consisted of visits to commercial aquaculture farms, research and hatchery facilities in Thailand. The tour group consisted of 12 persons including extension personnel and farmers from the CNMI, Guam, and American Samoa and a media production specialist, to capture video and still photos. Soon after the tour workshops were conducted in the CNMI by tour participants.
The PI retired in September of 2007.
Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes
1)Completion of the project objectives should build a core group of aquaculture professionals that are competent in conducting trainings that contribute to the expansion of aquaculture on their islands.
2)Having a core curriculum for our islands available should allow extension agents to provide workshops that will also stimulate both commercial and small backyard aquaculture production on our islands.
American Samoa Community College
Pago Pago, AS 96799
Office Phone: 0116846991394
Northern Marianas College
P.O. Box 501250 CK
Saipan, MP 96950